I think there's reason Morrissey will not reform The Smiths. As wonderful as the passing thought its that one could go to a concert and hear all the 80's hits that formed our gentle young psyches, (doesn't he play them all now anyway? ) I think it's at least a few parts symbolic that he will never reform them as evidenced by a deeper reading of I Know It's Over compared to Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed. (I hate writing these things. Nobody reads them or cares and I'm not a writer!!)
Okay, I will make this as quick as possible. First it's important to listen phonetically to the chorus of I Know It's Over. "Oh mother I can feel the soil falling over my head." Listening closely one can hear "Oh mother I can feel this oil falling over my head." The oil is an unguent. It's described in the Penguin Book of Symbols as:
So love is natural and real, but not for you and I my love, the you and I referring to Morrissey and his sad veiled bride. Some refer to her as Magdalene. His longing for his bride sets the stage for a lifetime of work that is fueled by his dilemma of bearing an invisible crown symbolized as an anointed feeling over his head. It's the untouched by no mortal part that he finds the most difficult to deal with.Embodying the notion of a family of cultures in material form, oil became the very sign of divine blessing and a symbol of joy and of brotherhood (Deuteronomy 33:24, Psalm 48: 8; 133: 1-2)
Nevertheless, there was a far deeper symbolism behind ritual anointing. The kings of Israel were anointed and the oil then endowed them with God-given authority, power and glory, the Lord being in any case regarded as the real power behind the anointing. This is why the oil of the anointing was regarded as a symbol of the Spirit of God (1 Samuel 16: 13; Isaiah 11:2: the latter, it should be remembered, in the context of the king who is to come). Because the person anointed has, as it were, been raised to the sphere of the Godhead, no mortal should touch him (1 Samuel 24: 7-11; 26: 9)
At this point it is well to remember that when transcribed, the Hebrew word for "anointed" has given us our word "Messiah" and that it's translation into Greek is "Christos". Jesus was therefore regarded as the king who was to come without a priori setting aside all reference to his priestly and prophetic ministry. However, as he patently was never anointed physically, the path towards spiritualization is clearly marked, the Holy Spirit, which the oil symbolized, being conferred fully upon Jesus like an unction (Luke 4: 18).
So today, he sings about something squeezing his head and rattles off a list of drugs. That feeling is not perscriptions, per se, but Rx. Rex. King. Crown. He's the anointed one. But he embraces and accepts this state, he doesn't boohoo about it. That is because he is fully realized. Elizabeth Haich writes of the Lightening Struck Tower in her book Wisdom of the Tarot:
In short, he was protected by God because of his invisible crown. He is King.
From the tower heavy bricks fall down on two figures who have themselves fallen from it. Curiously, however, the bricks hit only the man who is not wearing a crown and he falls to the ground lifeless. The other man has kept his crown on his head even during the fall. He is not hit by bricks. They fall beside him and he escapes uninjured and alive.
The two figures have multi-coloured clothing. The dead man wears a red tunic. He has a blue sleeve on his left arm. THe man with the crown wears a blue tunic but his right arm has a red sleeve and his left leg a yellow stocking. The colours of the costumes show that it is of no intrinsic avail for a man to be spiritual; if he is not aware of it, he must die when the tower collapses. THe other man has endured his destiny with complete faith in God; but becuase he was fully conscious in undergoing all his trials -- the crown denotes consciousness -- he has survived the fall and remained perfectly unharmed.
Now the importance of this realization, this consciousness, plays a key roll in the voice singing to his then sad veiled bride who has matured into his Mama. (Think MILF Island.) With his self finally empowered to not be the untouched victim but rather proud groom to his bride, he vows to slit throats if necessary. No longer bullied, he feels safe and sheltered in his grave, his grave being "this oil" that's fallen over his head. It is a new Morrissey that is in command. For this reason I feel for him to reform The Smiths is a symbolic step backwards in his quest to utilize the stage as a medium for delivering the message of his self-awareness. He is of course nostalgic of the days of his trials, but he's not going to croon about loneliness forever.